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Hello and welcome to our website. South West Manchester Cricket Club is a cricket and social club in Chorlton, Manchester. We have the following updates: Membership:  Membership now open for 2018 season!!  We are now looking for friendly cricketers who will bring enthusiasm and commitment to the club and the cricket section  If you are interested […]

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Fewer High Street shops closing down..

The number of High Street shops closing down has fallen to its lowest level in seven years, research suggests. The Local Data Company, which studied the top 500 British town centres, said 2,564 outlets closed in the first half of 2017, equivalent to 14 a day. At the same time, there were 2,342 store openings, […]

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Pre-payment meter installation cost to be capped..

Tens of thousands of energy users will no longer have to pay up to £900 each if they are forced to have a pre-payment meter installed. From January, energy regulator Ofgem is to set a maximum charge of £150 in such cases. The most vulnerable will see their charges waived completely. At the moment about […]

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Broadband and landline users to get automatic compensation..

Householders who receive poor service from their telecoms provider are to get automatic compensation, the regulator Ofcom has announced. From 2019 they will get £8 a day if a fault is not fixed, paid as a refund through their bill. This is less than the £10 that was proposed when Ofcom began its consultation earlier […]

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Pets in the doghouse as ownership falls..

When it comes to the cost of owning a pet, many people in the UK are finding that there’s just not enough money in the kitty. Modern economic pressures mean that fewer households now own a pet. Just 56% now have one, down from 63% five years ago, say retail analysts Mintel. Because many people […]

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House price falls now widespread, say surveyors..

House prices are now falling in four areas of the country, according to the latest report from chartered surveyors. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said that prices are declining in London, the South East, East Anglia and north-east England. However, other parts of the UK are seeing an improvement in activity. Scotland, […]

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Grandparents help more UK mums get back to work..

Grandparents are helping more mothers get back to work but the rising pension age means they may face a conflict over providing care in the future. A report from the University of Birmingham shows women’s participation in the workforce rose by 26% when their parents or in-laws helped out. Dr Shireen Kanji said: “People arrive […]

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UK house prices continue to rise strongly, says Halifax..

House prices across the UK are rising strongly and will continue to do so in the months ahead, the Halifax has reported. In the year to October, prices rose by 4.5%, up from 4% in September and the fastest rise since February. It brings the average price of a UK house to a new record […]

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Paradise Papers: Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed..

A huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen’s private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. Donald Trump’s commerce secretary is shown to have a stake in a firm dealing with Russians sanctioned by the US. The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains […]

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A guide to dealing with bats in the attic..

Have you discovered a family of bats living in a house you want to buy? Estate agent Hennings Moir talks us through the implications of living with these uninvited guests Bats are an endangered species and are protected by law, which means it is a criminal offence to try to kill or remove bats or […]